Nine fee-free days in Yosemite

December 31, 2013 

The four Central Valley national parks — Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Lassen — along with all other national parks will have free entry on nine days in 2014.

The 2014 entrance fee-free days are:

Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Feb. 15-17: Presidents Day weekend.

April 19-20: National Park Week's opening weekend.

Aug. 25: National Park Service's 98th birthday.

Sept. 27: National Public Lands Day.

Nov. 11: Veterans Day.

"America's national parks welcome more than 280 million visitors a year and to say thanks for that support and invite every American to visit these treasures that they own, we are declaring nine days of free admission next year," says Jonathan Jarvis, National Park Service director.

"National parks not only protect and preserve the places we most value, they also add enormous economic value to nearby communities and the entire nation."

Jarvis said visitor spending represents a $30 billion annual benefit to the national economy and supports more than 250,000 jobs.

"Fee-free days are a great way to both thank those visitors and introduce parks to first-timers who can find a new place to call an old favorite," Jarvis said.

Those in search of superlatives will find them in the national parks includingthe highest waterfall in Yosemite National Park.

Normally, 133 national parks charge an entrance fee that ranges from $3 to $25.

The entrance fee waiver does not cover amenity or user fees for camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

Other federal land management agencies that will offer fee-free days in 2014 are the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Army Corps of Engineers.

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